Croup

Croup, the barking cough and throat constriction that no one wants to see their child go through.  This year it seems to be running rampant in our neck of the woods.  Many parents I work with have had their children come down with croup this season, some even multiple times.  It is possible to avoid the steroids and calm the croup with Homeopathy, in fact and in my experience, it is one the most successfully treated acute ailments.  The relief in symptoms is vivid and quick. 

Croup is different than a straightforward cough.  It usually afflicts children from the ages of 1 – 4.  This year, in our area, I’ve seen it in children as old as 8.  It is a respiratory infection that is usually followed by laryngitis.  The cough is worse at night and has a sound that is similar to a seals bark.  Many times a child with croup will complain that he/she cannot catch his/her breath or is having trouble breathing because of the cough and thoat constriction. 

Below is a list of the main remedies used for croup. 

Aconitum:  This is the very first remedy to consider.  It must be used within the first 12 – 24 hours of the onset of the illness.  Give Aconitum 30C every hour until there is improvement.  Once some improvement is seen, exend the frequency of the dose to every 2 hours.  When improvement is clear stop giving the remedy completely.  With Homeopathy, sleep is considered a great sign that the remedy is working and improvement is coming, especially in children.  If your child falls asleep after the first or second dose, let him/her sleep.  The event is most likely over.  Other indications for Aconitum include a child who is easily frieghtened, anxiety and restlessness.

Spongia Tosta:  If you did not catch the illness within the 12 – 24 hour period needed for Aconitum or if the Aconitum has no effect on the croup, the next remedy to reach for is Spongia.  This remedy is indicated when the cough sounds like a saw going through wood and/or the typical croup cough that sounds like a seal’s bark.  There may also be wheezing, and changeable moods.  The child may be anxious at one minute and happy the next.  The child may also state that he/she feels suffocated and/or full in the chest and throat.

Hepar Sulphuris:   This remedy can be indicated for croup as well.  The cough will have the same “croupy” sound to it but will sound a little “looser”.  There may be a “whisteling” to the child’s breathing.  The cough will be made worse by cold wind or air.  There may also be choking fits during the cough.

Having these remedies on hand this time of year when you have small children can be a lifesaver.  They can save your child from the uncomfortable cough and, in turn, help you get more sleep on the nights the cough comes out.  Children recover quickly from croup when Homeopathy is used.  If you have a question regarding which remedy to use, contact a certified Homeopathic practitioner.  Most remedies can be found at your local health food store.

The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. If you seek medical advice contact a licensed healthcare provider.

Ipecacuanha (Ipecac)

This is one Homeopathic remedy I always keep in stock, both for clients and for my family.  It is a blessing whenever constant nausea and/or vomiting are a leading aspect of an illness. 

Just this past holiday season both my girls and I were living with constant nausea.  There was never any vomiting but the constant nausea had the potential of causing us to miss out on a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.  I broke out the Ipecacuanha and within 24 – 36 hours we all felt better and enjoyed all of the delicious foods of the season!

Even though nausea and vomiting are the main indications for this remedy there are a few others for which Ipecacuanha works particularly well:

  • Migraine headache with severe nausea and/or vomiting
  • Bronchitis and coughs especially in children
  • Coughs that lead to nausea and/or vomiting
  • Rattling cough that comes in warm/humid weather
  • Pertussis or severe cough with stiffness and/or vomiting
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Croup
  • Nausea and/or vomiting with a loathing for the smell of food or the thought of eating food
  • Constant nausea that is unrelieved by vomiting
  • Nausea and vomiting with great irritability
  • Aching in the thigh and/or leg bones

A must have in my practice and my home!